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Human Nutrition [M.S.]

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The online Master of Science in Human Nutrition provides an in-depth study of nutrition based on sound and current scientific evidence. This degree does not lead to the RD credential. The Dietetics [M.S.]  is recommended for those seeking the RD credential. Out-of-state students receive Michigan resident (in-state) tuition rates for all EMU-Canvas courses.

Career Opportunities

This degree can enhance your current degree and provide opportunities in health care, business, education, and the field of human performance. If you are a registered dietitian, this degree allows you to obtain Continuing Professional Education toward maintaining your credential.

Important Information

Human Nutrition Infographic  

Human Nutrition Student Handbook  


This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a Graduate Application
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities (EMU alums do no need to request official transcripts)
  3. Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program.
  5. Personal Statement for why you are applying for a Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  6. Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives

International Transcripts - Post-secondary transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be submitted directly to one of four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course by course report. See International Admission Checklist for additional information. Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for the evaluation to be completed.

School Information

Health Sciences | Colleen Croxall, Ph.D., Director | 313 Marshall, 734.487.4096, ccroxall@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Alice Jo Rainville, Ph.D., RD, CHE, SNS, FAND, 335 Marshall, 734.487.0430. arainvill@emich.edu

Prerequisite Courses

Taken at EMU or an approved equivalent course at another university.

A grade of “C” or better in:

A grade of “B” or better in:

  • Principles of Human Nutrition (EMU equivalent DTC 202 )
  • Nutrient Metabolism - Macronutrients (EMU equivalent DTC 302 )
  • Nutrition of the Lifecycle (EMU equivalent DTC 372 )
  • Community Nutrition/Nutrition Therapy III (EMU equivalent DTC 430 )

Note | Students who do not have a degree in nutrition or dietetics will need two nutrition courses with a grade of B or above before taking any graduate courses.

Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours

A total of 30-36 credit hours are required to complete the program. Total credits are dependent upon the individualized program of study. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the thesis option and a minimum of 36 credits are required for the research project or research writing option. If there are prerequisite deficiencies in your undergraduate degree or if a course needs to be repeated, additional credit hours may be required.

Department Courses: 18-34 hours

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